Thursday, August 13, 2020

Coronavirus Closure Update No. 10

Michael B. Everling writes:

Somewhat good news for a change. A glimmer of hope going into August.

On Monday August 10, Fernando, the manager at Dinah’s told me that while indoor dining is still restricted, there is outside patio dining available.

So-called physical distancing rules are in effect, as well as a six person limit on the number of diners at each table, and adjacent tables must be separated by six feet. We hope to arrange as much propinquity as possible.

Our plan, therefore, is to gather at Dinah's at one or two tables, as may be available, for a more informal meeting than we would have under the more controlled conditions in our usual indoor space. We dine al fresco!

Joseph Miranda will lead a more relaxed round robin style discussion over dinner. All other aspects of our meeting will obtain. Dues are $5.00 and our special COVID hours are 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. to accommodate the restaurant.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Coronavirus Closure Update No. 9

Michael B. Everling reports:

On July 28, I was advised by the duty manager at Dinah's that there is no indication as to when indoor dining will be resumed. Thus we will continue to suspend through August.

I will contact Dinah’s again the Wednesday before our scheduled meeting in order to confirm status just in case there are any changes that might benefit us, and then advise in the eMinder.

We regret the continued interruption.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Coronavirus Closure Update No. 8

Michael B. Everling writes:

Well, here we go again. Just when things seemed to be getting back on track, we must yet again, with great regret, stand down the club meetings due to the non availability of our venue.

Sadly, this situation may obtain for the next several months based on information.

In the interim, we will publish, as usual, our ennouncements and eminders to keep you up to date on our disposition and to provide you with content you may find useful.

We will postpone and hold for rescheduling our programs each month as we go. Thus, we will invite this month’s speaker, Nancy Shiffrin, to join us sometime early next year.

If things open up sooner rather than later, we will continue the scheduled programs from that point. However, we anticipate that the closure may well extend to the end of the calendar year.

We appreciate your understanding and forebearance and we regret the inconvenience to our speakers and members.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Loscon 47 Canceled Due to Covid-19

Today I received the following email:


Members and Friends,

With the effects of the Covid-19  pandemic being felt in many sectors, we are not immune I'm sorry to say. The fallout of these effects sadly means that we will be postponing Loscon 47 until next year. We are rescheduling Loscon 47 for Thanksgiving weekend (November 26th through November 28th 2021).


We will be rolling Guests, members, and dealer room participants over to next year. Writer Guest Dr. Gregory Benford, our Artist Guest Jeff Sturgeon and Fan Guests of Honor Dennis and Kristine Cherry have all agreed to be there and are looking forward to being there next year.  

There will be more info as we re-assemble our teams to bring this to fruition in November of 2021.

A general meeting to discuss this will be on Friday 6/19/2020 at 7:30 via jitsi meet. This will be a very brief meeting just to touch base with members and staff. The link is https://losconmeeting.com/update2020 from most web browsers. You only need to download an app if you are on IOS or Android.

As always you may ask questions at email:info@loscon.org and I look forward to seeing you all Thanksgiving weekend 2021

Loscon Chairman, Scott Beckstead


This is disappointing. I attend Loscon most years. While I understand some members' concerns, I think this is overkill. Loscon 47 was to meet at the end of November. Surely Covid-19 will quiet down by then? Plus, Loscon 47 can always requires masks, gloves, and social distancing for those who choose to attend.

If you agree that Loscon 47 should go forward this November, please let them know. Offer to help in whatever you can to make Loscon 47 happen, and happen safely.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Coronavirus Closure Update No. 7

Michael B. Everling reports:

On June 1, I spoke to Jazmin at Dinah's and it seems as though we will be on for June 15. Things are projected to be close to 95% of normal.

We are to be limited to ten persons in the usual place, the back dining room. We must be done and out by 8 p.m. Regular hours to nine o’clock will come later, perhaps by July.

Diners are to enter the restaurant with face coverings. Temperatures will be taken at the door with a hand held thermometer machine.

I plan to contact Dinah’s again on June 10 or so to double check for any updates.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Coronavirus Closure Update No. 6

Michael B. Everling reports: 

On Tuesday, May 26, I spoke to Angie, one of the managers at Dinah's Family Restaurant, our regular venue for over ten years. She said that their best guess is that indoor dining will not be restored before at least July 1.

I will consult with Dinah's management again by the end of June, if not earlier, to get updated information.

This means, of course, that we must continue to stay our program. We have considered alternate modes of operation, such as podcasting, Zooming, webinars, etc. but our model is an in-person, face-to-face, indoor dining, with post-meal address, which facilitates dialog among the participants.

If when indoor dining is resumed, there are rules for assembly which we deem overly restrictive, such as "social distancing" or even prescription of persons who are not closely related or residing in the same domicile, etc. then regretfully, we will continue to wait.

This may necessitate revamping our schedule of programs. We regret any inconvenience to our speakers and members.

While in hiatus, we will continue to publish the ennouncement and eMinder to provide updated information as to conditions. You are also welcome to comment on this blog, and visit our FaceBook page.

Thank you for your interest in and support of our club, and your service to our cause of freedom.

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Coronavirus Closure Update No. 5

Michael B. Everling reports:

It is with great regret that we are suspending club meetings until further notice.

Due to the extension of the "Safer at home" edicts -- state, county, and city -- Dinah's will not reopen their dining room until at least August. We will continue to monitor their progress toward resuming normal operations. We hope to reschedule all pending programs to later dates.

We do not have an alternative venue for a face-to-face supper club experience. We might experiment with podcasts, or Zoom style virtual meetings, if feasible.

Until we resume as usual, please enjoy the content provided in our emails. We are grateful for your support of the club and of our cause.

Please expect the June ennouncement in a few weeks.


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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Coronavirus Closure Update No. 4

From Michael B. Everling:

I spoke to Angie at Dinah's. She said that they have not yet gotten a definitive answer as to reopening. It is possible they won't restart indoor dining on Friday, as previously thought. I'll call Dinah's again on Friday

Even if the are nominally open for business on Monday, it is probable there will be rules in place that may preclude our meeting.

So, bottom line, it is not looking good for us in May. However, I’m reserving judgment until I have more definite news.

Meanwhile, thank you for your forbearance and patience.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Coronavirus Closure Update No. 3

From Michael B. Everling:

Today, Monday April 27, I spoke to Angie, one of the managers at Dinah’s, our long time venue.

The current projection is that the dining room will reopen on Friday May 15, so we should be able to resume our normal schedule on Monday May 18.

This could change however, so we will continue to monitor the situation and report to you our intentions by the time of the eMinder, on or about Thursday May 14.

Let’s keep a good thought and meanwhile, be well and keep up the side!

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Thursday, April 02, 2020

Coronavirus Closure Update No. 2

Michael B. Everling writes:
 
As of March 31, we must again postpone our monthly meeting due to the exigent situation. We have confirmed that our venue will not be available through at least April 30.

We hope and trust we will resume in May. Our schedule has been adjusted to reflect this circumstance. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Conoravirus Closure Update

Michael B. Everling writes: 

Dear Karl Hessian,

We regret that it was necessary to postpone the March meeting to April, at very late notice, due to the closure of our venue. This is uncertain, but we trust that by April we may resume as usual.

We trust that our speaker for April, Bob Weber, will then have a thing or two to say about this virus situation. We will reschedule the program on Liberland (originally scheduled for April) sometime later this year.

This was the first postponement in 26 years of our club's operation.

Thank you for your patience. Please know that your support of the club is very much appreciated and valued.

Please note the new times for the club meetings. The restaurant closes at 9 p.m. We appreciate your understanding and assistance.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Butler Shaffer, R.I.P.

Michael B. Everling reports:
Butler Shaffer passed away Monday December 30 at the age of 84. Butler was a valued friend and colleague in The Cause. He was a past speaker at the Karl Hess Club and the 2010 recipient of The Samuel Edward Konkin III Memorial Chauntecleer, the KHC’s highest award for service.
Our sincere condolences to Jane, Bretigne and all the family and to his many friends, students and colleagues. R.I.P. Butler.
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